Move over mac and cheese, these Apple, Ham and Cheddar Quesadillas are about to become every kid’s new favorite meal. They are ready in 15 minutes and make an easy dinner for a school night.

Apple Ham and Cheddar Quesadillas stacked on a cutting board

Why You’ll Love These Apple Ham and Cheddar Quesadillas

My family and I have always loved quesadillas. They’re easy, they’re delicious and incredibly versatile. These Healthy Chicken Quesadillas and Spinach Pesto and Cheddar Quesadillas especially are a few of our go-to’s. And this Ham, Apple and Cheddar version might be our new favorite one! 

Since weeknight dinners are usually the last thing on my mind, having a simple slam-dunk recipe like this recipe ready is a must. I almost always have the ingredients on hand, and they are ready in a matter of 15 minutes.

I also have a stove-top griddle, so I can make all four at once. Then I just chop up some cabbage for a quick healthy coleslaw on the side and voila! Dinner for a busy weeknight is served! We’ve been loving them with a bit of honey mustard on the side for dipping. Try it!

Apple Quesadilla on a plate with a side slaw

Key Ingredients

  • Whole-wheat tortillas: Whole-wheat is best but you can use regular if that’s all you have.
  • Uncured ham: You’re favorite deli ham will do.
  • Apple: I used a super crisp red apple, but you can use any apple you have. The red will be sweeter, and the green will be a bit more sour.
  • Cheddar cheese: I might be biased but I love Vermont Cabot cheddar cheese. Use any cheddar you like.
A stack of Ham and Cheese Quesadilla on a cutting board

Step-by-Step Instructions to Make This Apple Quesadilla Recipe

Step 1: Make quesadillas

Lay the tortillas out on the work surface, then top half of each tortilla with 2 slices of ham. Top the ham with apple slices and cheddar cheese, then fold the tortillas in half into half-moons.

Step 2: Cook quesadillas & serve

Heat the griddle over medium-high heat. Cook the quesadillas until browned and the cheese is melted, 2 to 3 minutes per side. Serve the apple quesadilla with honey mustard.

Apple Ham and Cheddar Quesadillas on a rimmed baking sheet

FAQs and Expert Tips

What are substitutions I could make?

If you’re gluten-free, substitute with your favorite gluten-free tortillas. Make sure to use lower heat to prevent the gluten-free tortilla from burning. You could also use pear instead of apple, and another type of cheese like brie instead of cheddar. It’s not a substitution, but you could also add arugula.

How to make these quesadillas ahead?

You can assemble and store them, uncooked, in an airtight container one day ahead. When ready to eat, heat on the griddle. Note the apple will brown but it will still taste good.

Can I freeze quesadillas?

Once assembled, wrap each individual quesadilla in plastic wrap, then place all in an airtight container of large sealable bag. Freeze for up to 2 months.

How do I reheat the apple and ham quesadilla?

Thaw the quesadilla in the fridge if frozen. Reheat in a non-stick skillet coated with cooking spray over medium heat until hot and crispy.

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Apple Ham and Cheddar Quesadillas


Description

Move over mac and cheese, these Apple, Ham and Cheddar Quesadillas are about to become every kid’s new favorite meal. They are ready in 15 minutes and easy for the busy back to school season.


Ingredients

Scale
  • 4 large whole-wheat tortillas
  • 8 slices McKenzie Uncured Ham
  • 1/2 crisp apple, sliced thinly
  • 4 slices McKenzie Cheddar cheese

Instructions

  1. Lay tortillas on work surface. Top half of each tortilla with 2 slices of ham. Top ham with apple and cheddar cheese. Fold tortilla in half.
  2. Heat griddle over medium-high heat. Add quesadillas, and cook until browned and the cheese is melted, 2 to 3 minutes per side. Serve with honey mustard.

Notes

Reheating Instructions

Reheat in a non-stick skillet coated with cooking spray over medium heat until hot and crispy.

  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 5 minutes
  • Category: Main Course
  • Method: Stove Top
  • Cuisine: American

Nutrition

  • Serving Size: 1 quesadilla
  • Calories: 280
  • Sugar: 7
  • Fat: 11
  • Carbohydrates: 29
  • Fiber: 4
  • Protein: 17

Keywords: apple ham and cheddar quesadillas,ham quesadilla

This Quesadilla Recipe is Part of A Meal Prep Plan

This recipe is featured in a Meal Prep Plan which also includes four more make ahead dinners. In this plan, I give you the prep list, shopping list and plan to prep on the weekend, so you can have all your weeknight meals ready to go with 20 minutes (or less) of time in the kitchen! 

Here’s the complete menu:

  1. Monday: Fish with Pineapple Salsa and 10 Minute Coconut Rice with Spinach
  2. Tuesday: Easy Enchiladas with Mexican Slaw
  3. Wednesday: Soupe Au Pistou and Baguette
  4. Thursday: Apple & Ham Quesadillas with Spinach Salad with Mustard Salad Dressing
  5. Friday: Slow Cooker White Chicken Chili, wholesome cornbread

To get the full details, print your shopping list and get started, head over to the plan for the  Meal Prep For The Week  to check it out!